Destabilising the Truths of Revolution: Strategies of Subversion in the Autobiographical Writing of Political Women in China; Nicola Spakowski 6. This article draws on the extensive archives of the Beijing Municipal Government Social Affairs Bureau to extend our understanding of the experience of poverty and the agency of the poor. The critical literature on Chinese life writing has expanded rapidly in the past two decades: while only a handful of studies were produced before the 1990s, the past two decades have seen the publication of specialised monographs and essay collections, several dozen scholarly articles and a growing body of translations. Recent scholarship on Japanese settlers in East Asia suggests considerable variation within and between communities and Tianjin's location at a key point of Sino-Japanese conflict arguably encouraged a view of China and the Chinese that mirrored the rhetoric of empire. Zhang Xianliang: Recensions of the Self; Chloe Starr 7. Disabled Life Stories in Post-reform China; Sarah Dauncey 8. This unevenness in the diary thus suggests a tension between its varying functions; and as Zheng wrote, he created a text that could be read in different ways by different audiences.
This essay considers the meanings of Sino-Japanese collaboration before the Second Sino-Japanese War 1937—45 through the personal diary of one collaborator, Bai Jianwu 1886—1937. This paper will examine the Japanese empire as experience, not as policy, through a study of the Japanese community in Tianjin, north China, before 1937. While the emerging narratives of national resistance typically portrayed collaboration as an unthinkable transgression, the collaboration narrative of the diary, shifting and often ambivalent, illuminates the terms on which Bai was prepared to argue that collaboration with the Japanese was an acceptable choice, and the place that he allowed collaboration in the story of his life. Whose Life is it anyway? In daily entries that run to nearly two million characters, he charted a life that encompassed service in the imperial bureaucracy before the 1911 revolution, retirement, and then a return to officialdom as premier of the Japanese puppet state of Manzhouguo. These accounts show a sharp decline in the power of early modern urban institutions such as native-place associations, which helps us to understand the transformative nature of the Republican Era and the war itself. A Look at the Margins: Autobiographical Writing in Tibetan in the People's Republic of China; Isabelle Henrion-Dourcy Bibliography Index. These were preserved in personal collections, exchanged to cement friendships and social alliances, published to promote or challenge hegemonic values, or to enhance individual or communal reputations.
In dozens of autobiographies written in the late 1940s, first-year Wuhua students frankly discussed their tribulations in wartime China and its immediate postwar period. However, the correspondence between applicants for welfare and the Social Affairs Bureau also reveals that the poor often approached these institutions instrumentally and assertively. We will then pass this form and your request on to the author and let you know their response. China scholars have drawn on this work to supplement or interrogate the orthodox historical record and have mined life narrative for insights into shifting representations of ideas or practices, into generic conventions, and into changing modes of s elf-re presentation and identity formation. This article examines poverty and welfare provision in early twentieth-century Beijing as dialogue and transaction between the city government and the urban poor. This innovative collection explores life stories produced in China between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. We are attempting to contact authors whose theses are affected.
Recourse to the welfare institute became a livelihood tactic, a claim on the authorities in pursuit of which certain sub-groups within the poor mobilized intangible assets, from social networks to understanding of the intended terms of the system, to sway the terms of their engagement with the authorities in their own favour. These essays draw on biographical and autobiographical narratives of men and women, paragons and pariahs, taken from official histories, personal diaries, plays, fiction and blogs, and use perspectives taken from life writing theory to illuminate that work. Self-representation in the Dramas of Ruan Dacheng 1587-1646 ; Alison Hardie 3. . Chinese Life Writing: Themes and Variations; Marjorie Dryburgh and Sarah Dauncey 2. How to Write a Woman's Life Into and Out of History: Wang Zhaoyuan 1763-1851 and Biographical Study in Republican China; Harriet T.
Abstract: Book Review Marjorie Dryburgh and Sarah Dauncey eds : Writing Lives in China, 1600—2010: Histories of the Elusive Self. The student body of the Wuhua Academy, based in Kunming, therefore included local rural youth, urban refugees, and migrants of various classes and ethnic backgrounds, as well as female applicants aspiring to a university education. However, settlers valued personal and economic security and status over more abstract questions of national interest, and settler engagement with empire and with the Japanese influence in China varied according to the perceived impact of political developments on personal interests. This reading is complicated, not only by the turbulent times in which Zheng lived, and by the shifting distance between norms of public behaviour and his life and work, but also by the content of the diary, which is uneven in the depth of descriptive detail and interpretation that Zheng offers. This engagement can therefore be understood as an extension of the quest for economic opportunity and social capital that was manifested also in factional struggles in concession organisations and in the highly transactional approach to relations with the Japanese state. If you complete the attached form, we can attempt to contact the author and ask if they are willing to let us send you a copy for your personal research use only. Alternative access to the full-text × Request a Copy The file s for this record are currently under an embargo.
Author Biography List of Illustrations Preface Notes on the contributors Introduction: Writing and Reading Chinese Lives; Marjorie Dryburgh 1. The Fugitive Self: Writing Zheng Xiaoxu, 1882-1938; Marjorie Dryburgh 5. The diary challenges us to consider how we may understand the meaning of these fragments, and read a whole life through the incremental text. That has produced a collection of very rich and scholarly works that, in their individual insights, do much to advance our understanding of categories of life narratives as historical sources, life narratives as artefacts and life writing as social practice. China has long and rich traditions of life writing that run from its earliest historical records to the contemporary blogosphere. .
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